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*Special Colloquium* Broken-symmetry states in topological insulators

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 4:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • Duane Physics Room G125

Speaker Name(s): 

Yihua Wang

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

Stanford University
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Nuclear/Particle Physics Seminar

Event Details & Abstract: 

Breaking the time-reversal symmetry (TRS) on the surface of a three-dimensional topological insulator (TI) transforms its metallic surface into a Chern insulator. The TRS-broken surface states are essential for many exotic emergent particles in condensed matter. In this talk, I will show broken TRS surface states of TI induced by magnetism and by light imaged with scanning microscopy and photoemission spectroscopy respectively. Our capability to manipulate mesoscopic magnetic structures as well as to shape ultrafast light pulses makes broken-symmetry states in TI promising platforms to simulate elusive fundamental particles such as magnetic monopoles and Majorana fermions.